Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2: Barkley strike denies Mourinho
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Oct 21, 2018,
Oct 21, 2018, 2:45
The 68-year-old also took Arsenal to the 2006 Champions League final in Paris before his side lost out 2-1 to eventual champions Barcelona.
City's latest masterclass, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, brought manager Pep Guardiola as much delight as seeing Kevin De Bruyne back in action from the bench after his injury layoff. However, in all honesty, getting just one point could be considered punching above their weight given Chelsea's fine display of liquid football. It's a mixture of things.
"Would I celebrate like insane if my team score a goal at Stamford Bridge or my team wins at Stamford Bridge?".
But it's important not to just blame the manager.
That was the fourth time United have conceded from a corner in the league this season, having also done so in defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham. I think it is quite simple: the less that Hazard gets off the ball, the less of a threat he is, so if someone can get tight on him pretty early on then hopefully he passes the ball off every time or we get a tackle on him. I thought his performance was excellent. And United went behind to an Antonio Rudiger header. It's because he was finally getting service and his team-mates were looking forward rather than playing safe.
So began a chain of events that offered another illustration of why the Manchester United manager remains the biggest box-office draw in English soccer.
The lack of an in-form striker has so far been papered over by the stunning form of Eden Hazard. But he was sound defensively after a couple of rash challenges and can be pleased with his display. In the second, they showed the sort of team they could be. "He apologised and I accepted". Maybe the best. I am lucky to be here because it's very hard to start in a non-professional team, and to finish in one of the most important clubs in the world.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the 17th minute before second-half goals rained in from Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane.
Anthony Martial, a player whose regression under Mourinho has been stark until his recent revival, scored two stunning goals to put United on the brink of victory and his smiling reaction when substituted in the closing stages hinted at a warming of his relationship with his manager. Giroud did get 16 in the league one year for Arsenal and this team is better than that one.
"At the moment I think City is better like a team, but player by player they (United) are very, very strong".